The Argento Fellowships
The National Opera Association (NOA) is pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of the Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance and the Dominick Argento Fellowship for Opera Composition, as announced at the 2024 National Conference in Tempe, AZ. Three awards were made in total, to two singers and one composer.
Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance recipients
Originally from Puerto Rico, mezzo-soprano Camille Robles is currently in her last year of study pursuing her Master of Music degree at Rice University in the studio of Professor Ana María Martínez. Ms. Robles completed her undergraduate studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music in San Juan, where she performed the roles of Madame Flora in Menotti's The Medium and of Beppe in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz. She was part of the Young Artist Vocal Academy at Houston Grand Opera in 2022. In 2019, she was a Puerto Rico District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera’s Laffont Competition and has won awards and grants at a regional level. This last summer she covered the role of Idamante in W.A. Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. She will be doing her role debut as Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin this fall at Rice University.
Ms. Robles is awarded the Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance for the completion of her MM degree at Rice University.
In the spring of 2024, Justice Yates will perform the roles of Father Trulove in The Rake's Progress and Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Yale Opera. Justice currently studies with Gerald Martin Moore at the Yale University School of Music. After earning his undergraduate degree in Music Performance at Stetson University, Justice spent the summer of 2023 as a Young Artist at Houston Grand Opera's Young Artist Vocal Academy and SongFest in Nashville, Tennessee. While working on Janá?ek's Cunning Little Vixen as the Forester, Justice also performed selections from H. Leslie Adams's Nightsongs at New York's Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the spring of 2023. Justice performed as Aeneas in Stetson Opera Theatre's production of Dido and Aeneas in the fall of 2022. Following his third year, Justice studied opera in Graz, Austria, and placed as a finalist in AIMS's Meistersinger competition.
Mr. Smith is awarded the Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance for a Master of Music degree at the Yale University School of Music.
Dominick Argento Fellowship for Opera Composition recipient
Stephanie Leotsakos is a Greek-Colombian-American composer, soprano, violinist, conductor, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. Her music has been described as dramatic, emotionally vulnerable, and profoundly colorful--almost synaesthetic. An opera enthusiast, Stephanie has composed and premiered two original operas, Young Goodman Brown (2021) and OMG (2016). Richard Prowse, of Barnstaple’s 2023 Fringe TheatreFest, described YGB as having “an almost Britten-like declamatory style” that “would contrast with more thoughtful and lyrical moments.” The opera was applauded as “seriously good” and “not to be missed by all music lovers” (The Fringe Buzz). Stephanie’s portfolio includes both large ensemble and chamber works as well as electroacoustic works. Stephanie holds an M.A. from Rutgers University '21 and a B.A. from Princeton University '16 in composition/theory.
Ms. Leotsakos is awarded the Dominick Argento Fellowship for Opera Composition for a PhD degree in composition that she will begin in Fall 2024.